Your New $12 Black-on-Black Watch: The Casio MQ24-1E

When it comes to men’s style, you often pay extra for modern design. Before they became ubiquitous at stores in the mall, if you wanted a slim, tailored fit in your clothing you had to dish out the dough. The same is true now for refined boots like the Wolverine 1000 Mile or any of Red Wing’s line up: If you want on-point design, you’re going to have to pay for it.

That’s why when I come across items that fly in the face of that I get really, really excited. Case in point: The Casio MQ24-1E. A dashing black on black, thin, minimalist watch that’ll only run you 12 bucks, with free shipping on Amazon Prime.

The watch case and dial window are a tough resin, with a sleek rubber strap. Powered by Casio’s rugged quartz movement and weighing in at a paltry 4.54 grams, this watch looks and performs like it should cost much, much more.

The gold-tone hands and dial markers really add a sharp, modern style, usually only found in watches starting above $100.

If you’re looking for a sleek, minimalist watch, there’s no reason to pay more. As always, don’t take my word for it: The Casio MQ24-1E has over 1,200 reviews on Amazon with a 4 star average.

Pick up the Casio MQ24-1E on Amazon.

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.


  • Reply October 7, 2014


    I’m I the only one who feels like I’m looking at a really good looking navy blue watch? It doesn’t look black at all to me, but I love the gold on blue look that I’m seeing.

    • Reply October 7, 2014

      Troy Patterson

      It must be the lighting in this pic. It’s black when you go to Amazon.

    • Reply October 7, 2014


      It was the reflection of the sky, I’ve adjusted it to reflect what it really looks like.

      • Reply October 7, 2014


        Shame, I loved it in the matte Navy Blue color that it originally looked like. But either way, it’s fantastic for $12, great find.

  • Reply October 7, 2014


    I have this watch but I don’t wear it that often. Only thing I wish is that the head was a little bit bigger.

    • Reply October 9, 2014

      Marshall Lilly

      Don’t say that’s what she said, don’t say that’s what she said, don’t say that’s what she said………dammit…

  • Reply October 7, 2014


    Bought this watch a year ago after reading Andrew’s “9 Beautiful Black on Black watches”. I enjoy the sleek design and the small watch face. I’ve received plenty of compliments and even more so when I tell people how cheap it was. Get it, if you are on the fence; its only $12 bucks!

  • Reply October 7, 2014

    the amazing snyder-man

    I’ve had this watch for a while. I initially bought it as a cheap beater to wear to work – something so cheap it wouldn’t matter if it broke in a month or two. 3 years later, it still works fine. I keep it my car as a back-up.

    One thing: the dial window is not as tough as it could be. Mine is scratched to hell and can be tough to read in certain light.

    • Reply October 13, 2014

      the amazing snyder-man

      Of course less than a week after I post this, the watch stops working.

  • Reply October 7, 2014


    Gorgeous. Bonus: Casio is a legit brand.

  • Reply October 11, 2014

    Philip Funderburk

    It is styled well, simply wish it was a tad bigger. Doesn’t quite look right on my wrist. For smaller frames it would be a terrific bargain, though.

  • Reply October 12, 2014


    I bought it. Looks really nice, but it is pretty small. Even when compared to a Weekender that I own. I like it though, I think I’ll be wearing it a lot.

  • Reply October 13, 2014


    Its on Amazon now for $9

  • Reply January 5, 2015

    Jeffrey Davis

    Love this site! Finally decided to post a comment after years of lurking. Wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your hard-work, I visit Primer on a daily basis and it’s awesome!

    Anyway, I stumbled across this website online earlier while looking for watches and these are pretty badass IMO. Felt the need to share here b/c I don’t remember seeing them anywhere here before and thought you’d be interested.

  • Reply February 23, 2015


    Just snagged this, thanks for the tip Andrew!

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  • Reply April 10, 2018


    What color scheme of outfits would you say go best with a black-on-black watch?

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